Aboriginal Consultation Advisor

Port of Vancouver


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Aboriginal Consultation Advisor


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The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified port, stretching along 360 kilometres of shoreline and waterways, bordering on 16 municipalities and intersecting with traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. Annually $200 billion in goods with more than 170 world economies are traded through the port. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages port lands at the Port of Vancouver, and leads the efficient and reliable movement of cargo and passengers.

The Aboriginal Consultation Advisor will provide day-to-day interface with Aboriginal groups who have an interest in land use and development on lands and waters managed by the port authority, and plan and lead Aboriginal consultation activities for development projects and related initiatives.  The Advisor will work closely with our Environmental Programs, Infrastructure, Planning & Development, Real Estate, Community and Aboriginal Affairs and other teams to ensure Aboriginal consultation complements corporate strategic initiatives as they relate to Aboriginal rights, issues, interests and opportunities.

Specifically, you will:
  • Plan and conduct Aboriginal consultation in relation to:
    • VFPA tenant-led development projects or Infrastructure Delivery;
    • the maintenance and review of the port authority’s Land Use Plan;
    • review, update and continuous improvement of the port authority’s Project and Environmental review process; and
    • strategic initiatives addressing port growth and development.
  • Work with a cross-functional team to consider all aspects of port development projects and related initiatives and recommends whether consultation is required and the scope of that consultation in consideration of applicable legislation and policy.
  • Work closely with relevant port authority departments on known Aboriginal issues to ensure they are addressed appropriately through the Project and Environmental Review process in context of established port authority policies and procedures.
  • Track and record Aboriginal consultation activities in accordance with port authority practices and appropriate Federal, Provincial or other applicable standards.
  • Provide general Aboriginal consultation advice and guidance internally and to project proponents.
  • Represent the port authority at meetings with Aboriginal groups and participate in meetings with local, provincial and federal government representatives.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination between Aboriginal consultation activities and the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process.
  • Provide consultation requirements to third parties and other VFPA departments, and assess the adequacy of consultation conducted.
  • Lead project consultation and related engagement with Aboriginal groups.
  • Provide recommendations for participation funding to be provided to Aboriginal groups.
  • Provide day-to-day interface with Aboriginal groups who have an interest in land use and development on lands and waters managed by the port authority.
  • Monitor local Aboriginal issues and activities and identify areas of interest to the port authority.
  • Support the alignment of known Aboriginal groups’ interests in organizational objectives and initiatives.


As the ideal candidate, you have a bachelor’s degree in Aboriginal studies, communications, law, or another acceptable degree, and at least 4 years demonstrable experience developing and delivering complex Aboriginal consultation and communication strategies around challenging projects.  You have exceptional research, writing and analytical skills, including experience in providing advice and recommendations to senior management on complex issues.  Experience in planning, delivering and reporting on the results of Aboriginal engagement processes would be a strong asset.  Established relationships with Lower Mainland Aboriginal groups would also be considered an asset.

The port authority offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including an Earned Time Off program.

If we have accurately captured your profile above, please apply on-line by visiting http://www.portvancouver.com/careers/, by December 31, 2018.

(Please note that this position will remain active until the position is filled.)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our community.


Organization: Port of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): First Nations Relations
Posted: December 7, 2018, 3:09 pm
Expires: December 31, 2018, 4:30 pm

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